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Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb

US dropped world's first atomic bomb in Japan during World War II, killing an estimated 70,000 people instantly

Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
People take part in an anti-nuclear power protest on the 66th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on August 6, 2011 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
Doves fly in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Peace Memorial Park after being released during the memorial service to remember the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
The world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by the United States during World War II, killing an estimated 70,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the following years from the effects of radiation(Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
Three days later another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki (Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
A girl releases a paper lantern onto the Motoyasu River on the 66th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on August 6, 2011 in Hiroshima, Japan (Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
People release paper lanterns onto the Motoyasu River to commemorate the atomic bomb victims and pray for world peace beside the A-Bomb Dome (Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
People stage a die-in protest in front of the A-Bomb Dome near Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Getty Images)
Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bomb
The world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by the United States during World War II, killing an estimated 70,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the following years from the effects of radiation (Getty Images)